After being hit with seemingly endless problems at the shipyard, Scenic Cruises can at last breathe a deep sigh of relief. Yesterday, the Scenic Eclipse, what the company calls the world’s first Discovery Yacht, completed its ever important sea trails with flying colors. This news comes amidst a year of setbacks, as construction delays and strikes at the Croatian shipyard where the Eclipse was being built forced Scenic to delay the ships launch date. Now, it appears the August 15, 2019 official launch date will become reality, which should please some disgruntled Scenic patrons.
Virgin Voyages recently announced the appointment of their first captain who will direct their new ship, the Scarlet Lady. Her name is Captain Wendy Williams and she will become the first Canadian woman to be captain of a ship for a major cruise line. Capt. Williams hails from the coastal city of Sept-Îles, Quebec on the northeastern coast of Canada and has more than 28 years of experience working on ships at sea.
Oceans take travelers to destinations, but AmaWaterways' Rhine River cruises take them through the most iconic landscapes of Germany, France and the Netherlands with privileged access to destinations only a river cruise can provide. Phenomenal local guides lead guests to storybook castles, noteworthy vineyards and medieval villages untouched by time, making an AmaWaterways Rhine River cruise nothing short of a spectacular experience.
The Seven Seas Splendor of Regent Seven Seas has officially entered its final construction phase after being floated out from drydock at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. For the final stage of her development, workers will focus on her interior spaces, which includes 375 luxury suites, lounges and gourmet restaurants. When the Seven Seas Splendor sets sail in February 2020, she will bring about an impressive take on the modern definition of luxury cruising.
Now officially sailing the high seas and on its maiden voyage, the Celebrity Edge has taken the cruising world by storm. Christened “the most revolutionary” ship at sea, the Edge takes the cruising experience to an elevated level.
After more than four years of planning and 23 months of construction, Celebrity Cruises officially took delivery of Celebrity Edge, the cruise ship that promises revolutionary changes to the cruise experience. As part of the delivery, Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s chairman and CEO; and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity’s president and CEO, hosted a ceremony aboard the ship while it was docked in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
It's made some circulation in the travel news circuits before, but Cruises & Beyond has just learned of a brand new cruise line called Blue World Voyages which will reportedly debut its first ship in May of 2019. The new cruise company will be bringing an immersive wellness and fitness experience on board their proposed 350-passenger vessels, fully dedicated to those who crave the active lifestyle.
Celebrity Cruises is trying to upend the conventional cruise terminal concept - trying to end the dread of having to spend time in a cruise terminal - with another brand new concept, just as they're a putting the finishing touches to their newest ship, the Edge.
At Cruises & Beyond, we've sent many of our clients on Alaska cruises and as far as we know, all of them have loved their sailings. While there is a lot to consider when booking a cruise to Alaska, we wanted to give our personal Top 5 cruise lines to choose from based on our clients' experiences and ours.